September 6, 2009

"But let him ask in faith..."

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8

“Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.” (Prov.17:24) Matthew Henry wrote, “He that has a giddy head, a roving rambling fancy, will never be fit for any solid business. He is a fool, and good for nothing, whose eyes are in the ends of the earth, here, and there and every where, any where but where they should be, who cannot fix his thoughts to one subject nor pursue any one purpose with any thing of steadiness. When his mind should be applied to his study and business it is filled with a thousand things foreign and impertinent.”

God has given to Christians a “manual for wisdom” in the book of Proverbs. The question remains, Are we focused, both in our prayers and in our practices, on reading and heeding the keys for God-honoring success?” “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (1:7) “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” (4:7) “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit. 9 Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.” “The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied from above. The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps. A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident.”
(14:8-9, 14-16)

Joyfully Serving Him,
Bob LaTour
Beacon Baptist Church - North Carolina

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